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Subject: Primary school teacher struggles without pay,400 kids!

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Date Posted: 08:40:49 05/09/01 Wed

Over there at PSA Haus (Department of Education), they are patting each other on their back about the success of the reform. They can quote figures suggesting increases in enrollment and all the provincial education offices are fully staffed. Beyond the mountains they forget about the real players in the game of carrying the reform. And so it came to pass, that a female teacher and her counterparts have not been paid, and are forced to teach 400 students amongst them. Down in the comfort of his airconditioned office, the appointment officer and his Education advisor, can lay back and with a sigh of relief enjoy their "cuppa" assuming all is well. No one cares if the teacher is overloaded, is unpaid, doing their work by the fire place because they cannot affford a liter of kerosene, and then they flyto Port Moresby and find that they are off the payroll. For a week or so they are left hanging around the "Haus" hoping the salary section can resolve their pay, at least pay them the last five fortnights, but no, they return empty handed, because the prolem is at the provincial office.

Now you tell me if that something to pat my friends back about. When the appointment officer cannot do his job, when the teachers are not paid when funds are available, and when children are turned away because teachers are refusing to take up their post up in the Owen Stangly Ranges, I think that is sheer hambug and the officers at the PDOE offices should be sacked. Why should they be retained if the 5,000-10,000 teachers are off the payroll. Perhaps the Teaching Services Commissioner and the Secretary should be sacked too, and the Inspectors should be taken to court for failing to visit the schools.

I don't care if they don't have funds to fly, they did not fly twenty years ago, they walked, the trail, that included the Mastas. I walked from Bereina station to Torulla Primary school up in the Kunimaipa mountains/border off Morobe and Central.

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